Indiana University Center for Bioethics

Center for Bioethics


The Indiana University Center for Bioethics was established in July 2001 through collaboration between Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Indiana University Center for Bioethics' (IUCB) mission is to serve as a local, state, and national resource in bioethics research, education and policy.  The Indiana University Center for Bioethics will build on its current strengths and opportunities to develop a robust research program, contribute expertise in ethics and communication to projects led by others, and support ethics training and discussion at the IU School of Medicine, Indiana University, and regionally.   The IUCB will achieve this vision by building on faculty expertise, existing collaborative relationships, and available resources and funding.

Building on these projects and areas of funding, the most promising areas for focus by the Center in the near future involve ethics and communication related to: 

  • Precision Medicine, especially genetics but also other areas, and
  • Electronic Health Information.

Work in both these areas will involve questions about how to best inform and engage patients and laypeople, especially to support decision making, and how to conduct research in these areas ethically.   In both focus areas, the Center should have a two-part mission:  First, supporting important and funded projects; and, second, developing research projects that can attract external funding. 

In terms of education, the Center, working with our partners at Indiana University, provide leadership and opportunities for students, community members, and IU faculty and staff to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of bioethics. 

Center Continues Seminar Series on Health Information & Precision Health


“An Ethical Approach to Healthcare through Focusing on Clinical AND Social Barriers to Health”

February 9 - Bill Tierney - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cancer Research Institute (R4) - Room 101



Please join the IU Center for Bioethics as we continue our seminar series on health information and precision health.  In February, we welcome back our friend and former colleague Bill Tierney, MD.  Dr. Tierney was previously President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Associate Dean for Clinical Effectiveness Research at IU School of Medicine, and Chief of Internal Medicine at Eskenazi Health.   He is currently Chair of the Department of Population Health and Professor of Population Health at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Tierney will speak on Friday, Feb. 9, 2-3 PM, on:  “An Ethical Approach to Healthcare through Focusing on Clinical AND Social Barriers to Health”

Location:  Cancer Research Institute (R4), Room 101

The presentation will also be lived-streamed at:


Next Seminar in our series:

 April 19 – “Refuting the Right not to Know Genetic Information about Oneself”

Benjamin Berkman, Deputy Director of NIH Department of Bioethics/NHGRI



Upcoming  Center for Bioethics Events

TREATs Presentation - February 23 - 1:00 pm

Please join us for the next TREATs presentation on Friday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. in HITS 3139 for "Vulnerable Populations."  The presentation will be made by Mary A. Ott, MD, MA, Associate Professor of Pediatrics. The presentation will also be streamed live at:


Ethics & Medical Humanities Events  Calendar

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